Carli Lloyd: “I am beyond thankful to Gotham FC and the Philadelphia Union for making this happen.” (Photo courtesy of Gotham FC)
HARRISON, N.J. – In celebration of soccer legend Carli Lloyd’s career, NJ/NY Gotham FC will play its Wednesday, Oct. 6 match against the Washington Spirit at Subaru Park in Chester, Pa.
The action kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and viewers can follow along on CBS Sports Network (U.S) and Twitch (international).
“I am beyond thankful to Gotham FC and the Philadelphia Union for making this happen,” Lloyd said in a statement. “I have played many games at Subaru Park with the national team and to have the opportunity to play in front of my home crowd on the club level will be an amazing memory. Let’s be loud and fill the stadium!”
Born in Delran, N.J., Lloyd grew up less than 15 miles from Philadelphia and is one of the most decorated soccer players of all time. She’s a two-time World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Player of the Year. Lloyd ranks second in international appearances behind Kristine Lilly with 312 and is tied for fifth in international goals with 128.
On Aug. 16, Lloyd announced she was retiring from soccer following several friendlies with the U.S. women’s national team and the conclusion of the National Women’s Soccer League season.
“We are honored to provide Carli an opportunity to play one of her final matches in front of her friends, family, and hometown fans,” said Tammy Murphy, club chair and majority owner of Gotham FC. “She is a true legend in the sport and has inspired an entire generation of players to play with strength and determination. It is my privilege on behalf of ownership and the entire Gotham FC community to provide her the sendoff she deserves.”
Lloyd is set to play her final four matches with the USWNT in September and October. While she has played at Subaru Park with the USWNT, the Oct. 6 match will be the first time Lloyd has played in the Philadelphia area with a club team. With her final USWNT matches being played in Ohio, Kansas, and Minnesota, the match also will serve as one of the last local opportunities for hometown fans to watch Lloyd.
“I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Carli over the years and witnessing her determination and competitiveness firsthand,” Gotham FC interim general manager Yael Averbuch West said. “She has done everything she can to grow this sport and club. Her career is an inspiration and I’m thrilled we can give her the chance to play in front of her hometown fans one last time.”
Gotham FC season ticket Members and Groups will have the option of receiving comparable tickets for the game at Subaru Park, exchanging their tickets for another Gotham FC home match at Red Bull Arena, having the ticket value credited to their account, or requesting a refund. The club will send communication to all season ticket members and groups early next week with more information.
Single game ticket buyers will receive a message from Ticketmaster informing them that the Oct. 6 match at RBA has been canceled. Those fans will then be able to request a refund or have their account credited for a future Gotham FC event.